Parisian style has arguably been pored over more than any other. The artful insouciance of French women has served as inspiration for many of us who have woken up not knowing what to wear. Of course, the truth is it all comes down to attitude - it might have taken an age to create your perfectly messy hair or to find a navy jumper that is oversized without being too big - but it should look effortless, even if it wasn't. French style is about having a uniform, and sticking to it, where understatedness and restraint are the stars of the show. It isn't the most creative of looks, but it's enviable in its timelessness and apparent ease. Here, we look at the women who have made French chic one of the most famous terms in fashion history.
Vanessa Paradis’ gamine look has remained a constant since she first became famous aged 14 with the success of song Joe le Taxi. Hers is an aesthetic underpinned by classics – skinny jeans, ankle boots, slouchy T-shirts and androgynous wool coats. She has always loved vintage, particularly pieces infused with bohemia, from embroidered jackets to men’s waistcoats. As a long-standing Chanel muse, she counts the brand among her favourites turning to Antik Batik for more hippie-inspired items.